Fables and Fantastical Tales

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Medusa is the sixth image in my series, “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a monster, described as a winged human with living venomous snakes in place of hair. To look upon her face would turn one to stone.

Medusa by Ken Orvidas

Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack in American folklore finds himself in my growing series of images for “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”. The subject of North American tall tales, Bunyan, accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox apparently made his debut in a 1916 promo piece for the Red River Lumber Company and became a legend of oral story telling. He’s been covered by Disney, the theatre and numerous statues.

Paul Bunyan by Ken Orvidas

Here’s another one to add to my series, “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”.

Since Johnny Appleseed (aka John Chapman) was a real person, he will fit under Fantastical Tales. He was born in 1774 and became a legend while still alive. It is said he introduced apples to Pennsylvania, Ontario (Canada), Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia. He was a missionary, gardener and orchardist. One can visit the historical site of the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Ohio. Not sure but perhaps he coined the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Johnny Appleseed by Ken Orvidas

One more entry in my series “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”.

Kelpie, a shape-shifting water spirit of Scottish folklore, typically takes the form of a horse, is reputed to delight in the drowning of travelers. It is also believed to have the ability to adopt the human form. Wear your life preservers everybody!

Kelpie by Ken Orvidas

The tale of Jonah living inside a whale is another entry in my series, “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”. It must be like living on a cruise ship with only one port hole and a bit more dark and damp.

Jonah's Great Escape by Ken Orvidas

I’ll be working a series of images entitled, “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”. “Adam and Eve is a start.

Adam and Eve by Ken Orvidas